Las Cruces Trail Head

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  • Las Cruces Trail Head

    Las Cruces Fire Road Trail
    The trail system here begins on the Las Cruces Fire Road Trail. If you follow the road uphill it will connect to the Hollister Ridge Fire Road Trail. You can also access the Yucca and Ortega trails at the lower end of this road.


    Yucca Trail
    Yucca Trail connector to Hollister Fire Road  Trail begins 1/10 mile from Las Cruces Trail Head. This 1 mile trail climbs a ridge with spectacular views over looking Gaviota State Park to the south and the Las Cruces school to the north.

    Ortega Trail
    Ortega Trail begins 1/10 mile from the Las Cruces Trail Head. Follow this wooded trail to connect to the Underpass Trail or continue to the Overlook Fire Road Trail.

    Underpass Trail
    As the name implies, the Underpass Trail allows you to pass under Highway 101 to access the trail system on the east side of Gaviota State Park.

    Hollister Ridge Fire Road Trail
    Follow the Yucca Trail or the Las Cruces Fire Road Trail to the Hollister Ridge to enjoy scenic views of the Hollister Ranch to the west and Gaviota State Park to the east.

    Overlook Fire Road Trail
    Overlook Fire Road Trail begins 6/10 mile from Las Cruces Trail Head. This road connects the Ortega Trail and the Hollister Ridge Fire Road Trail. As you reach the upper junction you can also access the Overlook point high above Highway 101 and the Gaviota Pass, or connect to the Beach to Backcountry Trail and hike over to the Gaviota Wind Caves and Gaviota Beach.

    Woodland Trail
    Woodland Trail begins 8/10 mile from Las Cruces Trail Head. This trail traverses an oak woodland connecting the Hollister Fire Road Trail with the Overlook Fire Road Trail for a nice intermediate loop hike.


    Gaviota State Park Brochure and map (PDF)

    Article by Seth Smigelski about 6.5 mile loop hike to Gaviota Pass Overlook at


    Beach to Back Country Trail: Enter west of the park’s southern entrance

    Gaviota Peak Trail: Enter on the north side of the park and east of Hwy 101

  • Address: 9471 San Julian Rd, Gaviota, CA 93117
    Gaviota Coast
    United States
    Amenities: Parking and picnic tables near trail head
    Trail Rating: Strenuous in places
    Shade: Wooded areas adjacent to trail offer shade
    Obstacles: Very steep in many places
    Restrictions: No dogs allowed
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